how much wood can a woodpecker peck, if a woodpecker could peck wood? – how to get rid woodpeckers!

Okay, sorry for the title, I might seem crazy but we were almost going crazy last two weeks, and had to tell y’all!

So one saturday morning, I was drowsy and decided to sleep again after praying fajr and was expecting a nice nap. But then suddenly this horrible noise woke me up!
It reminded me of the sound when there were roofers nailing new shingles on the roof! drrrrrrdd…drrrrddd….it kept on pecking beside our master bedroom and it stopped.
I thought that was it! but then the next morning, same time, it was pecking again! and this time it was more then once! Hubster ran outside and shoed them off.
and the next day, it came pecking again, only this time, it’s at the same time of morning (it’s amazing how even birds have a schedule in their life! I’m inspired! lol) and also 5 other times during the day and at different spots of the house!
My house was like it was under attack!!! It was horrible! and little Lala was so scared of the noise she cried everytime and “topp…toooopp” (for stop).
Hubster was determined to end it.
He bought a dozen fake plastic snakes online to scare them off and after two loong pecking days it finally arrived! It looks like this:

We had so much hopes it would work! He took his tall ladders and put it all over the roof and anywhere he thought the woodpeckers would be.
And we waited…..
But the next morning, the woodpeckers came and did its morning shift pecking our house! I was getting hopeless but hubster optimistically said when the sun comes it will work! It had to! I wanted to believe it, except.. they came again throughout the day! arghh…
But don’t worry, this story has a happy ending! because hubster went online again and bought a sparkly ribbon called Holographic Bird Scare Tape, 2 inch x 100 feet and it looked like this:

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and amazingly, it worked! The ribbon flutters and flies with the wind and scares off the woodpeckers! It’s been 3 days and no pecking!
A happy family with happy sleepers now!

See you next time 😉


Tulips Galore

Yayy! Spring is in the air!

Spring is my utmost favorite season!

Birds starts singing, cute green plant buds peeking out, the perfect fresh warm breeze, and the end of winter (don’!) But most of all, the lovely tulips are out. I love love love tulips- in any color and size. Every year, we go to Duke Garden in Durham, NC, to visit their tulips and take a gazillion pictures. This is the second or third week the tulips are out, and I have been to Duke Garden every week! If only it wasn’t 35 minutes away from my home, I would have been there every day!

Although, this year is the hubster’s first time visiting the tulips. I usually go with my friends and take pictures with them. So this time, I can finally have a complete family picture with hubster and Nunu in it. These pics are actually taken two weeks ago. But since I have started to write here again, I decided to share it with y’all. Here are some of it:

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and this:


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I like how this picture above turned out. A daddy-daughter moment kind of thing 🙂

We also met a friend there, Saida, and had a great time. I was trying to sharpen my photography skills and she helped me to be my victim haha. I was experimenting different apertures and camera settings on her, because all of my other family members are tired being my victim lol….

After being done fascinated with the tulips, we went by the grassy area by the beautiful pond with cute little ducks swimming in it. We opened our blankets and had a little picnic/snack there. She came with her husband and two kids which are Nunu’s age- 6 and 7. So Yunus definitely had a blast playing with them. They climbed trees (the kids and the husbands, yes the husbands too lol) , played frisbees, and  the kids made boats out of magnolia tree leaves.

Well that’s all for now, it’s 2am and my brain cant write anymore lol…I’m off to bed and hopefully will dream of beautiful colorful field of tulips…

See you next time 🙂







A “fishy” post from 2005…




Since I was talking about how we evolve in my previous post, it’s funny because in some sense I was still the same person that love to think positively about life. I just had to share this post of mine in another untouched blog that I have dated dated January 5th, 2005 because it’s something I always want to be reminded of.





My Mom told me today that at times we are lika a fish….

When I was driving to Chicago today to buy our monthly Indonesian grocery, me and my mom were talking about one of our neighborX, that was stressed out because she lost her job , and couldn’t find a job anywhere. X was so depressed that since a year ago, she stayed at home in front of the TV and fed herself until she gained more than 50 pounds!. X’s mom cried and told my mom how her daughter only lives only to breath, does not believe in God anymore, and that X is losing her mind and also her health. Why does all this have to happen only because of a job?.X is not only ruining herself, but also ruining her mother, her father, and everyone by acting that way.

My mom told me today that at times we are like a fish….

Why? Because when we try to catch a fish to move it to another bowl, they go berserk and struggle as hard as they can to be loose; not knowing that we are actully moving them to another place that is bigger, cleaner, and nicer than the old bowl.

The angry fish’s atittitude is similar like what most of us will do when God give us a test and trial. We cry, complain, get depressed and angry, denying the fact of the reality; where He actually could be doing us a favor of putting us to a better situation.

In short, what we need to remember is that we do not know what Our Creator actually has for us. Maybe He’s not giving us what we want, not because He hates us, but because He loves us and that it is good for us in the long run. We might not know, and feel a deep pain at that moment, but believe and have trust in Him. Don’t loose hope in Him and keep on praying to Him as He is the Best of Planner.
May Allah gives us all a big heart full of patience, and make everything easy for us. Amin.




and 4 years later….

Hello my wonderful readers (are you there? lol)
So….it’s 2014. Four years since the last time I even posted anything in this site.

I can’t believe I never did anything in this beloved website of mine. I almost even forgot it even existed until I met a friend of mine that have a blog and it reminded me I ever had one. I guess being busy with two kids (this is probably only an excuse haha), I had no extra time to write or update anything. Although, I would say I have a happy life, alhamdulillah, the person that I was in 2009 is definitely different than who I am today. Our family is also evolving. That’s why I realized I need this blog. I need to write. Not just recipes, but also different things. Preserve the memories. I need to share what I learnt, what I love, crafts I did, etc.

Anyways, enough of this jibberish haha….start typing! :)-
(sorry in advance, if I butcher english grammar like crazy! )